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elcome to the Spring issue of MBGC. This is the season

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In our regular restaurant review we go south of the border, both

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geographically and in cuisine, and take a look at the popular Mexican

steak tartare recipe from restauranteur extraordinaire Daniel Ridgeway;

eatery La Barrita in Kingscliff. They have almost 100 tequilas on offer as

golf tips to get your game on par with Brad Kennedy; and help on how

well as Tex Mex and Veracruz-inspired dishes. Well worth a visit and a

to prevent holiday blowouts with health and fitness guru Holly Louise.

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Our travel story this month explores the two largest cities in the

to contact our editorial team, and of course if there’s a Mercedes-Benz

burgeoning tourism hotspot of Portugal — Lisbon and Porto­— both

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abundant with history, narrow cobblestone streets and of course the ubiquitous national treat, the pastel de nata. It’s been named in the top 10 countries to visit by a number of high-profile magazines over the past two years and won’t remain a secret for much longer. While in the region, Label features some amazing products made from

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MAN OF STEEL WORDS Melinda Burton PHOTOS Whitney Palmer

The Gold Coast building industry can be a feast or famine affair, however one local company that supplies the steel reinforcement for luxury homes and commercial projects has learnt that solid foundations are the key to business success.


e’ve just finished taking a lap around the Burleigh

“There’s more than $600,000 of machinery downstairs and it’s

industrial estate and it doesn't take much to convince

helped us chase work outside our current market,” he says.

our driver to go for a second lap.

Buyrite is busy. In the past three months alone, the company has

Behind the wheel is Ben O’Bryan, a man who’s pulled a second-tier

processed over 500 tonnes of steel that has been distributed

steel manufacturing company firmly into the thriving Gold Coast

across south-east Queensland and as far as Sydney.

construction scene. Lowering the window to better appreciate the sound of the 4.0 litre V8 biturbo hand-crafted engine of his Mercedes-AMG A 45, he deliberately downshifts to hear the exhaust growl.

It’s this step up in automation and a lot of hard work that led to the company breaking into the luxury housing market. “We can supply steel for any kind of house, but we’re known as one of the companies that deliver a better-quality product, especially

Ben can’t single out what he loves about the steel industry, but

for those prestige homes that are basically constructed wholly of

he enjoys coming to work each day - his heart’s in it and he’s got

concrete from the basement to the roof,” Ben says

the head for it.

“When you get into the prestige housing market, it’s all about

Ben’s father, Dinny O’Bryan, founded Buyrite Steel QLD more

customisation and being individual.

than 30 years ago, but it has only been in the last four years,

“Nothing is cut and paste, it’s all very specialised per house and

since Ben took the reins, that the company has experienced an

that’s where we come in.”

upswing in work. There’s not many out there that can match what Buyrite does and “He concentrated more on the small builders, renovators, concreters and the guys who do driveways,” Ben says of his father.

it has the portfolio to prove it. “We have a lot of customers come to us for this exact reason,”

“It was all manual work with Dad.”

he says.

With a master’s degree in Urban Planning and Sustainability, Ben

“There’s more being constructed entirely of concrete and all the

acquired most of his knowledge on the job.

steel that goes into it has to be produced spot on.

“A lot of it I already knew, but I’ve brought my own stuff to it,”

“We may not always be the cheapest, which we’re not, but I can

he says.

confidently say that what we supply is the best.”

Since coming on board in 2015, Ben has massively modernised the

The luxury housing market is booming business on the Coast, one

way Buyrite processes steel, bringing about an automation revolution.

that Ben says is getting bigger and bigger. 11


Commercial is never going boom the same time as residential and residential, is never going boom the same time as commercial




“There are certain builders that specialise in

It’s evident from the moment you walk in the

It’s another thing that’s evident: Miah is adored

the luxury housing market, and they’ve all got

door, the Buyrite team is a family.

by the entire team.

In fact, Ben rattles three months off the top of

Ben adopted the energetic Staffordshire Bull

plenty of work on,” he says. At the coal face of the industry, steel suppliers are often the first to pick up and first to slow down, something Ben says you’ve got to be flexible about. “The markets are never the same,” he says.

his head, January, June and July. This is when three members of his team will celebrate their 20-year anniversary with the company.

Terrier from a Burleigh animal shelter eighteen months prior. Since then, she’s been keeping the same working hours as Ben, spending her days moseying about the factory and coaxing

“They’ve known me since I was 12, so they’ve

people into play.

“Commercial is never going boom the same

seen me grow up from a little smart arse to an

Working for the company since he was 15, Ben

time as residential, and residential is never

even bigger smart arse,” he laughs.

cites having a different working style from his

going to boom the same time as commercial. “They always seem to be on slightly different cycles, so it’s being able to move with the market.

By Ben’s side is Miah, the most loyal, enthusiastic and also furry member of the team.

father as one of the challenges of taking over the business. “When I came on board, I was dealing with a

The photo shoot has been going on roughly two

heap of long-term customers, a lot of people

“If you get stuck in one area, you’re going to

hours, and in that time, Miah has greeted each

who had dealt with my Dad and suddenly they

face some challenges.”

incoming truck and individual with equal gusto.

had me,” he says. 13


“I’m very different from my old man in how I run the business. “We had a few disagreements about what we should be doing in the few years before I did take over.” Now retired, Dinny occasionally drops in and, seeing Ben’s progress, admits there’s a number of things Buyrite should have done years ago. “Dad’s almost 80 now, so it would have been difficult for him to take certain risks that I have,” he says. Up until now, Ben has been taking one step at a time, but he’s quickened the pace having just finalised negotiations to open a Yatala facility in early 2020. “It’s going to position us for the Flagstone master plan city to take shape around Yarrabilba and Logan Village,” Ben says. “When works start in the next five years, we’ll be in a good place to take advantage of that.”

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Dad’s almost 80 now, so it would have been difficult for him to take certain risks that I have







Once the first global empire, Portugal has played second fiddle to many of its neighbours for years, but now the proud seafaring country has come out of the shadows to emerge as the latest travel hotspot.


he discovery of the sea route to India in 1497 and the European discovery of Brazil a few years later by Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama set the country on a path of wealth and prosperity never before seen.

3.8) and the total figure is around 21 million tourists for the

However a series of unfortunate events, including a major earthquake in Lisbon in 1755, occupation during the Napoleonic Wars, Brazil’s independence and the subsequent loss of the riches that flowed back, and a slow take up of industrialisation compared to other countries, took the shine off what was once a glittering empire.

do, what’s not to love about Portugal?

That was until influential publications such as Condé Nast Traveler, Marie Claire, The Guardian and many others predicted its rising popularity just a few years ago, and what was previously known as a cheap English holiday destination started to come into its own.

airline TAP or other carriers, Lisbon is showing all the signs

The country’s National Statistics Institute reported earlier this year that total foreign arrivals grew to 12.8 million in 2018 with tourism experiencing consistent growth for eight years in a row. Throw in the domestic tourism numbers (nationals leaped to 8.3 million, a percentage increase of

year, with numbers expected to grow. So with moderate temperatures all year round, great wines, a long coast line, fascinating history and plenty to see and

Its two largest cities, the capital Lisbon and the home of port wine, Porto, offer the easiest and most insightful glimpse into the country if you’re thinking of a visit. Accessible from most European cities either by the national of a city growing up. Construction cranes dot the skyline, boutique hotels are blossoming and luxury rooftop bars and restaurants are opening up across the city as a sign of its development. Even celebrity investors are getting in on the action. Mabel Capital, who counts tennis ace Rafael Nadal as a stockholder, bought a landmark building in Rossio Square for a record €62 million late last year to redevelop as a hotel. 17


While the growth is good for traveller choice and the local

pavement squares, centuries old churches and public buildings, and

economy, the charm of Lisbon hasn’t been lost amongst the

the iconic rattling yellow tram system in use since the late 1800s.

clamour of change.

Lisbon provides a terrific insight into the country’s heart and soul,

Narrow winding cobblestone streets continue to deliver up

however if you want a more regional experience then take the

surprises of small bars and restaurants, while boutiques of local-

three-hour train trip to Porto in the north; home of port wine, an

made crafts and ceramics provide retail relief from the numerous

artery clogging local sandwich and beautiful blue tiled buildings.

tourist shops selling fridge magnets and tea towels.

A seat in comfort class on the Alfa Pendular train costs just

Even the very best Piri Piri chicken can still be enjoyed in fairly non-descript laneway restaurants at incredibly reasonable prices (Bonjardim is the best if you’re wondering), and the sweet and

under €40 one-way and is a relaxing and enjoyable way to see some of the countryside of farms, orchards and small towns dotted along the route.

creamy pastel de natas (Portuguese tarts) are available from a

Portugal’s second-largest city, Porto has a population of almost

myriad of local patisseries.

290,000 and surrounds one of the oldest European centres, with its historical core proclaimed a World Heritage Site by UNESCO

At the other end of the spectrum, luxury travel in Lisbon has really come of age with areas such as Principe Real, one of the most fashionable neighbourhoods in the city, home to a growing number of high-end restaurants, stores and art galleries.

The riverfront of the Praça da Ribeira fronting the Rio Douro is one of the city’s most picturesque and popular areas and provides a bustling array of cafes, restaurants, and bars to wander in and

Rooftop bars are also in vogue, mushrooming on top of buildings

out. If you visit on a Sunday in summer you’ll be confronted by

and providing an eagle-eye view of the city. For a real treat catch

the huge number of tourists and locals enjoying a day out, but it

the elevator to the seventh floor of the five-star hotel Altis Avenida

all adds to the atmosphere of a holiday experience.

to the Rossio Gastrobar, a slick and stylish bar and restaurant that overlooks central Lisbon and out to the River Tagus.


in 1996.

Across the river in Vila Nova de Gaia you’ll find the various port houses, many displaying their English heritage with names such

For history buffs, the city is a living museum with monuments

as Taylor’s, Graham’s and Offley, and offering tours and tastings

and statues of explorers overlooking leafy parks and Portuguese

of the world-famous tipple.





The Anglo-Portuguese commercial treaty of

last century depicting scenes such as the

cow tripe, smoked meats and white beans

1654 created new opportunities for English

Battle of Arcos de Valdevez, and Egas Moniz

typically served with rice and considered

and Scottish merchants living in Porto giving

before Alfonso VII of Castile.

Porto’s official dish, or the Francesinha

them special privileges and preferential customs duties including the establishment of port houses that exported the ruby red

blue and white tiles painted with scenes from

liquid back to England.

the lives of saints, and the Church of Saint

But it’s the heart of Porto that really shines

proto-Baroque style, both provide beautiful

with beautiful buildings, meandering medieval

examples of the azulejo form of tile work.

alleyways and centuries of architecture and culture built on top of each other. A hallmark of the city are the coloured tiles that adorn many buildings and often tell religious stories. Make sure you visit the São


The Chapel of Souls, famous for its exterior of

Ildefonso dating back to 1739 and built in a

Just like Lisbon, the city’s culinary scene is evolving and boasts a number of Michelinstar





alongside the many excellent local cafes.

Sandwich, made with ham, sausages, steak and layered with melted cheese and an egg on top, and covered with a hot thick tomato and beer sauce (you get an accompanying side of French Fries just to get the calorie count into triple digits). Porto, like Lisbon, provides a window into Portugal’s personality, and while there are many other places to visit in this friendly, enchanting and fascinating country, a visit to both is highly recommended before the

Bento railway station that features around

But if it’s local you want then you can’t go

likes of the ‘Hotel de Nadal’ shape the future

20,000 tiles dating from the beginning of

past the Tripas à Moda do Porto, a stew of

of the Iberian Peninsula’s newest discovery.



MEXICAN STAND OFF WORDS Bruce Nelson PHOTOS Elizaveta Valeeva

A second chance at running a restaurant in the same location provided Anna and Marco Cenfi an opportunity to reinvent themselves and their offering for locals and visitors to Salt Village in northern NSW. 21



aving one of the biggest bars in the

The Cenfi’s are no strangers to the hospitality industry,

area carries with it great responsibility,

having moved from Sydney nine years ago after

especially when it’s stocked with tequila.

running a café in Leichhardt’s famous Norton Street.

“We carry more than 90 unique and authentic

When they moved to the Tweed Coast, they

tequilas showcased on our shelves and through the

established the highly successful Italian restaurant

large drinks menu,” says Anna Cenfi, one half of the

Bellini for five years before selling it.

husband and wife team behind La Barrita.

“When the chance came up to take it over again,

“The tequila bar was part of the concept from the beginning, providing a real point of difference

we jumped at it but decided on a new culinary direction,” Anna says.

with beautiful show piece bottles, and of course

“Knowing Salt and its growth we saw an opportunity

quality tequilas.

and thought Mexican could really work as it’s family

“This is the place where you'll find your perfect

friendly and very casual – perfect for this location and environment.

Margarita, try something new like a Mexican Negroni or sip on a Coconut Mojito while enjoying that perfect plate of nachos.”

having helped create Fins and Piccolo Gelato in the same area, so it allowed him to use those

Open for just over a year, the cantina serves up

skills to create an authentic and rustic Mexican

the freshest Mexican food made as authentic as


possible, incorporating some Tex Mex (the fusion

We carry more than 90 unique and authentic tequilas showcased on our shelves and through the large drinks menu

“Marco also has a shop design and fit out company

of Mexican and American cuisines) but also a lot

La Barrita prides itself on the use of local produce – all the limes (and there’s plenty of them in Mexican

of items that have been researched and tasted to

food) come from Tumbulgum, with local fruit and

ensure true flavours to the country of origin.

vegetable suppliers bringing tomatoes, coriander

There’s a huge variety of tacos, Veracruz inspired

and avocado to the kitchen.

dishes (one of the 32 states of Mexico) including

“We intend to keep exploring the different areas

fish and BBQ pork cooked in banana leaf, and sides

of Mexico and keep coming out with new dishes

such as rice, salads and beans all done the way

with a change of menu for the seasons, for example

Mexicans would cook.

ceviche with local fresh fish in summer and more heartier dishes in winter,” Anna says.

Even the kid’s menu gets the full Mexican makeover, with toned down versions of the spicier staples on the menu and not a chicken nugget in sight. Anna says her favourite is the Mexican salad, a

“And of course, we’ll continue to add to the bar, we’re so close to 100 bottles it’d be a shame not to reach that milestone and celebrate with a tequila of course.”

mix of fresh fruit and vegetables including radish, broccoli, apple, cabbage, shallots and red onion

La Barrita

dressed with a spicy lime vinaigrette served in a

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SCHOOL HOLIDAY FUN FOR GOLD STANDARD LOYALTY MEMBERS KIDS GOLF ACADEMY WITH BRAD KENNEDY Members of our Gold Standard Loyalty program (or their children at least) were invited to attend our first School Holiday Kids Golf Academy with MBGC Golf Ambassador and Touring Professional Brad Kennedy. The half day event catered for kids of all skill levels from five years and up and was broken into Rookie and Intermediate sessions. For the budding golfers Brad gave tips on basic skills including the fundamentals and foundations of the game, swinging, chipping and putting, while those with a bit more experience had a one-on-one opportunity to learn more about scoring, driving and more details on playing a better game. Here’s hoping we find the next Brad Kennedy, Adam Scott or Jason Day in the cohort.

THE TOY STORY CONTINUES Who doesn’t love a Toy Story, and what better way to see the latest instalment of the Pixar classic than at the Home of the Arts (HOTA). Gold Standard Loyalty program members and their families joined Woody, Buzz and the gang at a private screening during the school holidays enjoying complimentary popcorn and refreshments.

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MBGC AMBASSADOR INDUCTED INTO SPORT AUSTRALIA HALL OF FAME Mercedes-Benz Gold Coast Ambassador Robbie McEwen has been

Robbie was the first Australian to win the green sprinter’s jersey at the

inducted as an Athlete Member of The Sport Australia Hall of Fame

Tour de France in 2002, he went on to win the coveted ‘Maillot Vert’

and received one of the highest honours that can be bestowed in Australian sport.

again in 2004, 2006 and won the silver medal at the world road cycling championships in 2002 and represented Australia at three Olympic Games.

We couldn’t be prouder of this well-deserved achievement and to be associated with such a terrific representative for the sport and the

He won 115 major professional races and more than 200 in all — at least

Gold Coast.

one a year from 1996 to 2011 — including eight European one-day races,

Robbie told The Sport Australia Hall of Fame it was a huge honour when

two Australian road championships and four national criterium titles.

first announced while he was commentating the Tour de France in July. “It was an honour to be inducted into the Cycling Australia Hall of Fame, but to some extent maybe that was to be expected within Australian cycling,” he said. “To be recognised at a national level by a Hall of Fame that takes into consideration all sports and what all Australian athletes have ever done is a huge, huge honour.”

Robbie was named Australian Cyclist of the Year in 2002 and was an inaugural inductee into the Cycling Australia Hall of Fame in 2015. In 2017 he was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to cycling at the national and international level as a competitor, coach, and advisor, and to the community. Congratulations once again Robbie. 25





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In this issue, we look at chipping and why we instinctively pull our lob wedge or sand wedge out to chip. Is it habit? Or lack of knowledge? Use my tips to improve your club selection and save shots off your scorecard. When people talk about chipping, you often

you need to give yourself the best opportunity

hear “I scrambled well today” or “I didn’t chip it

to hit the ball inside 1 metre. If you don’t know

close enough”. This is often a direct reflection

the answer, then now is the time to learn.

of their score as chipping is the connection

Chipping is not just a lob wedge.

between the fairway and the putting green. If we chip well, it goes a long way to scoring well. I can honestly say that during my professional

1. Visualise the shot you would like to play – is it a chip and run? A pitch? Or a lob?

golfing career, my driver is the only club I haven’t

2. Choose the club that will give you the best

chipped with during a tournament. We are only

chance of landing the ball in the right spot,

governed by our imagination and creativity.

rather than just choosing the lob wedge.

Chipping is such a diverse part of the game and

3. Once you have selected the club, visualise

using any club is possible - but how do we know

your landing spot and the ball rolling to the

what club to use at what time? This is the start


of becoming a better player. Below I will break down the types of chips into categories. I’ll

4. Hit the shot with trust and confidence.

finishes). When you’ve landed one ball between 5m and 7m, try to land a ball in the next rung between 7m and 9m. There are four sections to

also go through a drill to test and improve your

Don’t be afraid to try new shots, get creative

chipping distance control.

and challenge yourself. When practising, put

you to land a ball in each section from 5m to

yourself in a bunker and try chipping out with a

13m? Repeat. See if you can beat your best the

9-iron, chip with a rescue or 3-wood from just

next time.

Chipping from 25m in can be put into three categories: chip and run, pitch and flop/lob shot. 1. Chip and run – land the ball a third of the distance between you and the pin. Let the ball roll the remaining two thirds. 2. Pitch – land the ball at a 50 per cent

off the green on the fairway, or try and hit a flop shot over a bunker with a pitching wedge.

If you want to test your chipping further, either

The Ladder Drill

or start from 10m away.

How good is your distance control?

Keep a record by writing down how many up

distance between you and the pin. Let the

Create a ladder. Choose a spot to hit from,

ball roll the remaining 50 per cent.

then 5m away, lay a club on the ground parallel

3. Flop/lob shot — land the ball two thirds of

land the ball in. How many shots does it take

to you. At 7m put another club parallel; then

make your clubs 1m apart and repeat the drill

and downs you made after each round. It is the best way to see your improvement and build confidence.

again at 9m, 11m and 13m. Chipping from your

Want to learn more? Please send all requests

spot, try to land the ball into the gap between

to and I will

5m and 7m. How many shots does it take you?

answer in the next issue. I look forward to

Take a moment to decide what type of chip shot

Remember, for distance control the focus is

hearing about your progress and success

is in front of you, then ask yourself what club

on landing the ball in the ladder (not where it

implementing the ladder drill.

the distance between you and the pin. Let the ball roll the remaining third.











WORDS Nick Nichols ARTWORK Ron Weideman

There’s more to Ron Weideman’s love of Australia’s laid-back beach culture than his art reveals


on Weideman is amused by the thought that he could be obsessed with the Australian summer because he is still trying to shake off the winter chill of his home town of Detroit. There may be some truth to it, but the more he talks about his career, the more apparent it

Lake Erie, part of North America’s stunning Great Lakes system. “We also used to holiday in Florida during the summer, so I’ve always had a fascination for the surf and surf culture. The water and the colours have always appealed to me.”

becomes that the Kingscliff artist’s love of the

Ron’s affair with Australia began in 1984 when he

laid-back surf culture originated very early in life.

was working for an advertising agency in Detroit,

Ron, who emigrated more than 30 years ago, is recognised for his loose, impressionist-style painting that employs bold, vibrant strokes and

America’s famed Motor City. That’s when he arrived in Adelaide, transferred by the agency from one motor city to another to work on the ChryslerMitsubishi account when the auto industry in

explosive bursts of colour.

Australia was in its prime.

His work typically captures the essence of a

“Once I got here, I just fell in love with it,” says Ron

carefree Australia through snapshots of magical

who spent three years in Adelaide, before moving to

sun-soaked days.

Sydney, then Brisbane and finally settling at Kingscliff.

“Everything I do now is beach culture, and

Since landing in Australia, Ron took to surfing, in

everything I did when I was in Detroit was centred

part to satisfy his creative lust. But he is just as

on the snow,” Ron admits.

likely to be mixing with the crowds watching the

However, water has never been far from his life.

Quiksilver Pro at Snapper Rocks for inspiration.

Detroit summers can be just as punishing as any

“It’s such a great vibe; I love the surfboards, and

in Australia, with the nearest escape to be found

I’ve always been intrigued by their shape and how

along the ocean-like shores of Lake St Clair or

they work,” he says. 45

I always think my best painting is going to be the next one, that’s what really excites me 46

“The dynamic of surfing also amazes me. It’s

While his style is inspired by the curves

the freedom, I guess, probably the same sort

and colours of Brett Whiteley’s work, Ron’s

of freedom I get when I paint.”

distinctive colour palette is derived from

When he’s not surfing, Ron finds inspiration

years working with the basics of the print

from his daily walks on the beach with his wife

medium — cyan, magenta, yellow, black and

Monica and their dog Franc ‘The Tank’.

white, and all the combinations they offer

“I take in everything, from people on the beach to the whales going by. It’s just life, just taking note of what’s around you.”

when deftly blended. “I’ve always been attracted to those colours and I use them to convey the colours of

The process is not too far removed from the

Australia, which are very different to those of

creative techniques he used in advertising

America, especially the greens.”

when ‘someone says something funny on a bus and you use that in an ad’.

Ron always had an eye for art, something his mother recognised and encouraged at an early age.

Ron’s art evokes the colour and light of familiar shapes and movements of happy summer days by

“I’ve been painting since I was kid and my

the beach.

mum was good at supporting us and pushing

It’s a simple and uncluttered approach to what he

us to do it,” he says.

experiences from day to day.

“My dad was more pragmatic. He was a

“When I paint, I try to make it all about a

car designer who told me I couldn’t make

connection; you can’t paint from a personal

a living from just painting. He wanted me to

narrow-minded approach,” he says.

be a car designer.”



Ron eventually found some common ground,

A lot of Ron’s work is bought by designers

graduating from Detroit’s College for Creative

and collectors. Some still prefer to see the art

Studies which specialises in photography and

in the flesh and Ron does display in galleries

fine art.

such as Retrospect in Byron Bay.

“That’s how I went into advertising. It was still

His father’s pragmatism probably shapes his

creative and visually exciting because we were

attitude to art these days.

creating something from nothing, but I never

Ron admits he’s ‘not precious’ about people

stopped painting, even when working full time.

choosing his art to match interior colour

“To this day I get excited every morning when I


have to paint something and the reason that I

He also has no special attachment to any

do it is because of my mum and dad.”

single work he has done.

These days, Ron reaches the world with his

He keeps some paintings, but is willing to part

art, working on commissioned pieces for

with them if someone wants one badly enough.

clients as far afield as Europe and America and capitalising on the online space which he says is putting more artists in control of

“I always think my best painting is going to be the next one, that’s what really excites me,” he says.

their work. “There may be fewer galleries around but there is so much more social media being used. Artists are becoming very savvy in promoting their work this way. It’s the future of art.”




POP THE CORK WORDS Bruce Nelson PHOTOS Liza Spratt




A passion to provide a unique yet environmentally friendly and sustainable fashion accessory and homewares range prompted Liza Spratt to look to the Iberian Peninsula for inspiration.


ork doesn’t immediately conjure up

won’t find in a single product anywhere

tote bags and fruit bowls, rather the

except for cork.”

natural and self-renewable product is

best known for wine bottle stoppers, gaskets and floor tiles used in the 1970s.

Cork is harvested from Quercus suber, the cork oak, which is found mostly in southwest Europe and northwest Africa where it is one of the

However its beautiful and malleable texture has

major plant communities of the Mediterranean

recently lent itself to a range of accessories

woodlands and forests ecoregion.

and products that are on-trend with our

The bark of the tree is water-resistant, buoyant,

obsession with social and environmental

elastic, and fire retardant, and is removed only

responsibility and fashion statement pieces

from early May to late August when it can

to boot.

be separated from the tree without causing

Cork Trader, a company founded by Liza

permanent damage.

Spratt to showcase the distinctive material,

Ironically once harvested it promotes new

was created to provide a different sustainable

growth and the trees end up living longer,

designer product that wasn’t available in every

up to 300 years, making it one of the most

fashion store.

renewable natural products on the planet.

Selling stylish European designed handbags,

“As a resource for use in fashion and

back packs, wallets, purses and a range of

accessories cork is about as natural as you

homewares, Liza searches for the very best

can get,” says Liza.

products produced by skilled artisans and

“Cork Trader’s range doesn’t use any animal

showcases them to a new Australian market.

products and is ethically made using only

“I have a background in retail and interior

sustainably-sourced materials.

design, so when I came across cork I knew

“Our best seller is the shopper bag; after all if

immediately it provided all the necessary

you really care about the environment why not

qualities that not only make it unique, but

carry one made of cork instead of plastic or a

aligned with our increasing environmental

recycled product that requires some degree of

consciousness as well,” she says.


“You don’t see cork fashion products that

“They’re beautiful to look at and fantastic

much here, and while they are more prevalent

to feel which together create something

in Europe, I don’t import the same as the

wonderful and unique.”

tourist cork you see on the streets of Lisbon. “Ultimately cork is a fashion statement that says, ‘I’m stylish, different and I care about

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the environment’ and that’s something you 49






There’s a formula to creating the ultimate comfort zone, and the journey begins from within, says interior designer Liliana Madigan.


n the world of interior design there is no

or even whether they enjoy reading or prefer

concept as fickle as ambience. What works

soaking up some sun.

for one person may not for another.

It’s an unashamed third degree that allows

Textures, colour palettes and the importance

Liliana to know everything she needs to get

of spatial balance can challenge the best of us

the job done.

trying to visualise a new living space that we can call our own. Some people want the latest trends, while others are more interested in timeless elegance.

“Mostly people know what they like but they don’t know what they want,” she says. “But I am very good at listening to what the client needs. I like my designs to touch all the

For Gold Coast interior designer Liliana

human senses because that’s how you create

Madigan, the secret to getting it right is

ambience in a room. Your home should reflect

understanding what makes people tick.

who you are.”

“It’s about listening to how people use their

It’s a process that helps Liliana get to know

space and what they want out of their space,

her clients very well.

and then working with that,” says Liliana, co-

“You feel like part of their family by the end

founder of Gold Coast firm Designing Spaces

of it; working on someone’s home is a really

and Places (DSP).

personal process.”

That means getting down to the basics with

Liliana and Jason Madigan are well known for

her clients, finding out what they do for a

creating inspirational interiors on the Gold

living, how long they have lived in the house,

Coast and beyond. 51


The couple established DSP in 2003 after moving to Queensland from

“I also like using colour but a lot of people prefer muted tones. Of

Sydney where they had an interior design business and a three-storey

course, we can do that, but I think it’s more challenging to incorporate

art gallery in Surry Hills.

colour into a space and do it effectively.”

These days the couple works with a range of clients, including developers

Neutral tones mixed with coastal looks are popular on the Gold Coast.

such as Raptis, Pellicano Group and Heran Building Group.

When combined with driftwood-style furniture, the result is a coastal

Among their recent projects is the refurbishment of the Blue Heron Motel, transforming it into a ‘quintessential beachside holiday’ stay. Whether it’s a corporate or a personal client, Liliana says the ultimate aim is to create living spaces that work. “Even if you are a hotel operator, you still have a responsibility to touch

luxe feel that Liliana says never goes out of fashion. “But there’s also at the absolute other end of that which makes interior design on the Gold Coast quite interesting. “Some people like a lot more metallics, like gold and silvers and shiny objects. You can make that look terrible or you can make that look

the person that comes into the space. It needs to be ambient to a wide

absolutely amazing.

market so that everyone who stays has an experience to remember that

“The foyer of The Darling at The Star casino is a really good example of

will make them want to return.”

that, where a lot of gold and marble is used and it looks great. It’s part of

Liliana fell into interior design after styling and decorating homes for

the 2020 Pantone palette and all those metallics are really in.”

people in preparation for sale. Jason was involved in interior design in

So, what does Liliana’s personal style for her own home say about her?

Hong Kong before they met. “I’m a bit of a hippie really,” she admits. When she finds the time away from running the business and managing the needs of a young family, Liliana enjoys painting and sculpting. Jason also shares Liliana’s keen eye for art and design, although he

“I have a mix of different pieces, some African furniture and a big Persian rug, so my personal style is quite eclectic.

mostly looks after importing custom-made furniture for clients. He

“There are some pieces in my house that I’d like to throw away eventually,

travels widely in search of objects that fit the bill.

but I’m pretty much doing it the way I want to at the moment.”

Furniture and art are an integral part of the design process, as is keeping

If there’s a single piece of advice Liliana has for anyone planning to

up with the latest trends.

remodel their living space it’s to have a plan.

“I love using new elements,” says Liliana.

“People tend to do it in a bitsy way, but you should look at all the spaces

“I get excited when people want to use different things and textures like wallpaper. These are the layers that create ambience in a space.” It goes without saying that wallpapers are top of her list. Currently

in your home and come up with a plan before starting. “If you can only afford to do one room at a time then just do one room at a time, but always keep the plan in your head.

her penchant is for the latest releases from Italy’s Casamance which

“If you don’t you can easily drift off track. You might be out shopping

incorporate the new 2020 interior pantone colours of soft, muted tones

and see something you want to buy that just doesn’t work. Just have a

mixed with metallics.

plan and stick to it.”




Some people like a lot more metallics, like gold and silvers and shiny objects. You can make that look terrible or you can make that look absolutely amazing





Many people use travelling as an excuse to

they all have the macros listed on the label

throw their dieting and exercise routines out

making them easy to track.

the window. This is usually due to the fact that our normal routines are interrupted


when travelling. This can happen in the

If you know that you will be going out for a

following ways:

meal, have a look at the menu beforehand

Those of us who normally work out in a gym may not have access to any equipment.

and select your meal. That way you can plan the rest of your meals for the day around it. If you can’t choose beforehand, try to save a

Those who normally exercise with friends or

realistic amount of macros for that meal by

a training partner.

having smaller, micronutrient-dense foods

Those who like to prepare their own meals. Those who are used to a regular sleep pattern may be sleeping at odd hours in different time zones. INCREASE YOUR CALORIES

during the day. Always carry some protein powder or a protein bar with you to keep up your protein intake while out on adventures. STAY HYDRATED Hunger is often mistaken for thirst, so drinking enough water can help reduce

Trying to stick to 1,200 calories while on

cravings. Keep your water bottle with you

holidays will only be setting yourself up

and make an effort to sip water throughout

for failure and won’t allow you to enjoy

the day. Drinking extra water can also help

yourself. Increase your calories up to

to reduce fluid retention from flying.

around your maintenance level or just below. By increasing your calories you will


GET IN A WORKOUT If the hotel has fitness facilities, construct a workout with what they have. If you normally exercise outside – head to the local park. Otherwise, a quick circuit in your hotel also works a treat. It is often best to do this first thing in the morning, otherwise you will be less likely as the day goes on. KEEP MOVING We don’t just burn calories through ‘exercise’ — all the things we do in the day such as walking or shopping, also help with our total calorie. This is referred to as NonExercise Activity Thermogenesis (NEAT) and can account for as little as 15 per cent of energy expenditure in the very sedentary and up to 50 per cent in very active individuals. The easiest way to increase this is move. When you’re on holidays, go for a walk each morning and plan fun activities, like surfing, hiking or cycling. Put these all strategies

have a more realistic amount to work with

Drinking alcohol is a big part of enjoying

into place for your next

while away and you won’t feel so restricted.

yourself while on holidays, but it doesn’t

travel adventure and

mean you need to spend the whole day

enjoy yourself without

getting over indulging. Set yourself a limit

the blowouts.

STOCK UP ON STAPLES Head to the supermarket/convenience store

each day and don’t go over it. Don’t forget

to grab a few staples. You will be amazed

to increase your water intake if you are

at what you can find at the supermarket

drinking alcohol, as dehydration and heat

these days – ready-to-go meals, salads and

are not a good combination.

pre-packaged meats are super handy and

FOLLOW THE 80/20 RULE Remember to follow the 80/20 rule – make @thefitpharmacist @HLthefitpharmacist

sure you get at least 80 per cent of your daily food intake from whole, nutritious foods and leave the remaining 20 per cent for more processed, calorie-dense foods. This way you will be able to stay on track while still enjoying yourself.


Broadbeach has absorbed all the best bits of what makes the Gold Coast great and added a level of sophistication that keeps visitors and locals coming back for more. It’s hard to talk about the Gold Coast

Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition

restaurants (way too many to mention

without highlighting what makes each

Centre has cemented Broadbeach as

here) and bespoke retail experiences.

of its beachside suburbs unique.

the Gold Coast’s events heartland.

Surfers Paradise definitely has the glitz, Burleigh Heads an emerging dining scene and Kirra the nostalgic taste of life on the beach as it used to be. Broadbeach, on the other hand, is probably the one place that brings this






It’s home to the Australian Surf

Broadbeach is one of the Gold Coast’s

Lifesaving Championships, Blues on

most accessible beachside suburbs.



It’s also one of the easiest to access

Music Festival and, for the less

by car with plenty of on-street and off-


street parking options.

Groundwater inclined,


all together.

largest shopping centre, Pacific Fair.

The Star dominates the skyline as home

It also hosts a series of avenues

to Broadbeach and it never fails to

of non-stop entertainment and the

and arcades lined with cafes and


One way or another, all roads lead



PLACES TO EAT The Lamb Shop A high end take on the more traditional kebab shop, this almost hole-in-the-wall Greek style restaurant provides table service or takeaway, and delicious food and great service to boot. Try the slow cooked lamb shoulder (be quick as they tend to run out), village salad and fries to share. If you want to go it alone then the chicken or lamb kebabs are amazing by themselves. Social Eating House + Bar Right next door, this upmarket but casual restaurant is consistently good. You can see food being prepared in the open kitchen and the bar has an extensive range of cocktails and drinks providing the perfect place to perch yourself before friends arrive. Plates are designed to share and utilise the freshest local produce. The Cardamom Pod Who hasn’t gone vego these days, and the Cardamom Pod provides a delicious range of gourmet vegetarian and vegan meals to satisfy the soul. Overlooking a leafy park with a relaxed atmosphere, the menu has a meal combo option, or you can choose from classics such as the lasagne (cheese, vegetarian or vegan) and delicious desserts smoothies and coffee. Mamasan Kitchen & Bar Described as Asian-inspired fine dining, this hatted restaurant is lined with relics procured from all over South East Asia menu and follows a perfect blend of traditional and modern cuisines combined with a zesty cocktail list. The offering includes small plates, dumplings and buns to share as well as larger plates such as Peking Duck Pancakes, Miso Cod and


Wok Fried Beef Fillet. It gets busy so get there

Melbourne restaurateur Frank Heaney has

early or book ahead.

made the move from the southern states to

The Roosevelt Lounge

list is extensive with classics like the Old

offer the latest in brasserie dining. The menu is


Fashioned, Gimlet and Martini all on show,

locally sourced and includes delicious seafood

speakeasy, this after-dark and late night

and a champagne selection to really get

as well as a raw bar, pasta options and classic

bar and restaurant oozes sophistication

you going. Did we mention they also have a

mains such as rump steak, chicken, pork and

and style with leather chesterfields and

reasonably good food menu to keep you up

fish of the day. There’s even a burger to show

red velvet booths a key feature. The drinks

into the wee small hours.

there’s no pretence here.







PLACES TO SHOP Beatniks Records Record stores were once the only place to buy your music, then they disappeared with the launch of the CD, and now they’re back better than ever. Beatniks specialises in pre-owned, rare and collectable vinyl LPs and 45s, rock memorabilia and band merchandise. They also stock a range of turntables and related audio equipment ranging from entry level to high end in both new and used condition. Element Offering the best in leisure, travel, day and evening wear, and combining top Australian designers with prestige labels from across Europe, and the US, Element has been a staple on the Broadbeach fashion scene for many years. Owner Talia Munro regularly travels to the same countries that first inspired her Element dream and led her to designing and manufacturing her own label named after her daughter ELILA which is stocked in this store and selected stores within Australia. Venus and Appollon Established in 2002, Venus and Appollon has helped Gold Coaster’s find that perfect outfit from everyday attire to dressing for gala events. Stocking a wide range of women’s and menswear, it’s been the go to place for fashionistas for years. The Outlet Almost a Broadbeach institution, The Outlet started life as a Levi’s outlet store with its huge sign visible on the corner of Main Place (Gold Coast Highway) and Victoria Avenue luring people in for a bargain. Now stocking more than just jeans, it’s worth a rummage. Broadbeach Markets Held twice a month on the 1st and 3rd Sunday, the Broadbeach market features plenty of unique Australian made products you won’t find anywhere else. Located in the centrally positioned park adjacent to the Kurrawa Surf Club and the Oasis Shopping Mall, it’s a great way to spend a morning wandering through the aisles of offerings. 58



THINGS TO DO The Kurrawa Experience There’s no better place to start a visit to Broadbeach than mixing it with the locals at Kurrawa Surf Lifesaving Club. Members have been servicing the community since 1958, looking after the thousands of people who flock to the water at Broadbeach every day. The new club hosts a range of dining options and some spectacular views of the ocean. Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre

provides a bistro, live entertainment and of

It’s home to a diverse range of age groups,

Home to a conference, concert or expo

course barefoot bowls every Sunday. It has

dominated by independent younger people

just about every weekend, the Convention

four floodlit greens and professionals on hand

who have a huge range of rental properties

to show you how to master the game and get

on offer, closely followed by the more mature

the best out of your bias.

and established who like the proximity to the

Centre is the preferred place for putting on a show on the Gold Coast. Keep an eye on their website for what’s on, but in the next

beach, cafes and restaurants and can afford

few months you’ll be able to experience the


Somerset Storyfest Business Lunch with Thai

The property market in Broadbeach is

Cave rescue divers and joint 2019 Australian

dominated by apartments and town houses,

of the Year Drs Richard Harris SC OAM and

with a number of new developments either

Craig Challen SC OAM.

in the planning or already rising out of the

Population – 75,511

ground, with multi-million dollar penthouses

Private dwellings – 4,011

and sky homes to classic Broadbeach terraces

Median age - 41

(identified as a potential heritage listed style

Families – 1,222

of building).

Median weekly household income - $1,219

Broadbeach Bowls Club Recently





Commonwealth Games, the local bowlo

to live in more prestige apartment buildings.






How anti-phoenixing laws are catching out more directors doing the right thing. Company


The issue centres on the ATO’s new powers

despite their appointment made after the due

bear a lot of weight

to pursue directors personally for GST debts

date of the liability.

on their shoulders when it comes to dealing with tax matters, including personal liability for some



owed to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO). With new laws coming into effect from October 1, the burden is about to get even heavier. As we discussed last edition, under current tax law, the directors of companies can be held personally liable for failing to meet their PAYG (pay as you go) and SGC (super guarantee charge) commitments.

incurred by the company under their watch. The matter is even more critical as new

directors engaging in illegal phoenixing

directors who are unaware of existing tax

activities, legitimate business owners could

debts could also be in the firing line if they are

become collateral damage in this battle.

not careful.

GST amount or an estimated net amount from

can issue a director penalty notice (DPR) to

the ATO, the directors of that company are

recover what it determines to be an unpaid

personally obligated to make sure it is paid,

debt owed to it by a corporation.

usually within 21 days of receiving the notice.

In the past, these notices have been confined

If it isn’t, and if the directors become aware

to outstanding PAYG and SGC debts of a

that the company may be insolvent, they must

company. With its new powers over GST, the

place the company into administration.

ATO has extended its reach to put pressure on more company directors to meet their tax obligations. It also puts more pressure on

activities of a few bad eggs engaging in illegal

company staff and company processes to

phoenixing activities, the new laws will draw

prepare and lodge GST returns.

by including stronger powers to also recover unpaid GST debts. The title of the legislation, Treasury Laws Amendment (Combating Illegal Phoenixing) Bill 2019, says a lot about the motivation for the changes. It’s primarily designed to crack down on rogue directors who leave debts behind in a failed company only to set up a new corporate entity and continue business as usual with a clean slate. While the changes have been broadly welcomed, many company directors doing

Currently, the ATO can estimate a company’s PAYG and SGC and seek recovery from the company or its directors. From October 1, the ATO will also be able to estimate a company’s net GST liability and seek recovery of that amount, even though an actual assessment has not been made and even if the estimate is well off the mark. For the unwary director, the legislation can be a minefield. The ATO may issue a penalty notice to a director

In the past, companies may not have lodged a business activity statement if they were in a start-up or wind-down phase. Under the new rules, this is a big risk for company directors as it could lead to an inaccurate GST estimate being issued by the ATO, followed by a lengthy and costly estimates process to rectify it. Of course, the ATO does accept valid excuses such as illness or the company taking reasonable steps to rectify issues. The fact remains though that while the new laws are meant to target illegal phoenixing activity, company directors and their staff are now in the firing line when it comes to meeting the company’s GST obligations.

if the tax liability is not paid by the due date.

the right thing may not be aware that these

In some circumstances, even new company

amendments to the Corporations Act 2001

directors could be liable 30 days after their

could also affect them.

appointment if the bill is outstanding. This is


Whether a company receives an assessed net

Most company directors will be aware the ATO

However, in the ATO’s efforts to rein in the

many more company directors into the net

While the new laws primarily target company

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STEAK TARTARE WITH TOASTED BRIOCHE AND CORNICHONS Seeing steak tartare on a menu, I believe, means that the restaurant takes pride in the freshness and quality of the meat it serves. This dish demands only using the best and freshest beef available. Classically, this dish is served with all ingredients presented separately so that it can be combined specifically to each individual’s liking. I serve it combined so that I can be sure it is perfectly seasoned and presented. Daniel Ridgeway, Ridgeway Group STEAK TARTARE


Makes 6

1kg beetroot bulbs, stems removed

300g Wagyu rump or eye fillet, finely diced 6 golden shallots, finely diced ½ cup (loosely packed) flat-leaf parsley, coarsely chopped 75g pickled capers, diced 60g (about 8) cornichons, finely diced, plus extra whole to serve 50g Dijon mustard 25ml Worcestershire sauce Pinch sea salt 6 x small organic egg yolks METHOD For steak tartare, combine all ingredients, except egg yolks, in a bowl with a spoon and stir to combine thoroughly. Refrigerate until needed.

250ml apple cider vinegar 250ml water 150g brown sugar

5. Cover the beetroot with the vinegar mixture and seal. TO SERVE •

toast under grill/salamander.

½ teaspoon whole black peppercorns ½ teaspoon whole cloves

1 teaspoon salt

2. Wrap each beetroot bulb in foil. Place on a baking tray. Roast them for 1 hour

remove rings. •

3. Remove skin and discard. Slice beetroot into rounds. Pack beetroot into dry, sterilised jars.

saucepan over high heat. Bring to the

Garnish with pickled beetroot, cornichons and some pink sea salt.

Serve immediately.


We make brioche fresh in-house, though it can easily be substituted with a store-

4. Combine the vinegar, water, sugar, peppercorns, cloves and salt in a large

Place yolk carefully into the centre of each tartare.

or until beetroot is tender when pierced with a knife or skewer. Set aside to cool.

Spoon steak tartare mixture into 8cm rings on plates, rest for 3-5 minutes, then

METHOD 1. Preheat oven to 180C.

Slice brioche into 6 slices and lightly

bought loaf. •

Cornichons and/or pickled beetroot can be used as an accompaniment to this dish.

boil. Set aside to cool. •

I prefer the texture of diced meat rather than using minced meat.

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A glimpse into Mercedes-Benz marketing of yesteryear, an era of long copy, masterful commercial artistry and press advertising with panache. Curated by the team at MBGC. In 1926 John Logie Baird conducted the first

the two companies but both continued to

Note the individual design elements of both

public demonstration of a television, Gertrude

manufacture their separate automobile and

brands, the three-pointed star of Mercedes

“Trudy” Ederle became the first woman to

internal combustion engine marques until June

swim the English Channel and the gangster turf

28, 1926, when they agreed that thereafter all

wars sparked by Al Capone raged in Chicago.

of the factories would use the brand name of

It also marked the birth of Mercedes-Benz

Mercedes-Benz on their automobiles.

after Daimler AG was formed by the merger

A series of ads was produced the same year

of Daimler Motoren Gesellschaft (founded

to commemorate the merger and creation

in 1890 by Gottlieb Daimler and Wilhelm Maybach) and Benz and Cie (founded in 1883 by Karl Benz).

representing the company’s drive toward universal





dominating the land, sea, and air (three points), and the laurel wreath of Benz, the classic decoration awarded to winners of sporting

of what would become the world’s oldest

competitions and reflected by the successes

and most recognisable luxury motor brand,

achieved by Benz and Cie in car races during

including this one featuring a Mercedes-Benz

this time.

Type 400, a large automobile featuring a

An Agreement of Mutual Interest was

switchable supercharger (Kompressor) fitted

The two were brought together to mark the

originally signed on May 1, 1924, between

to the engine.

merger and are still used to this day.


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